Catholic Bishop Slams Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for Supporting Infanticide

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 5, 2019   |   11:00AM   |   Washington, DC

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is in trouble.

Last week, the pro-abortion governor appeared to defend infanticide as well as third-trimester abortions in his state. Now, he is facing backlash over a racist photo in his medical school yearbook.

And while the mainstream news focus has turned to the racism allegations, pro-life leaders are reminding people of the “staggering” extremism of Northam’s abortion position.

“In a staggering admission, Gov. Ralph Northam stated that after an infant is delivered, the mother and the family should keep the baby comfortable, resuscitate the child ‘if that’s what the mother and the family desired,’ and ‘a discussion would ensue,’” Catholic Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington said Sunday in a letter to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“This attitude reflects a new level of deep-rooted animus against the inherent goodness of every child,” Burbidge continued.

Last week, Northam defended a radical pro-abortion bill that would have allowed unborn babies to be aborted up to the point when a woman is about to give birth – even if there is no physical threat to her health. The legislation failed in committee.

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The governor not only defended the legislation, but he also said doctors and women could have a discussion about whether to leave a disabled newborn baby to die.

The bill itself was “evil” and bordered on infanticide, but Northam’s comments were even more troubling, Burbidge said.

“This is a critical moment in the life of our church and our society,” he wrote. “We must advocate for the right to life of all people, including the unborn and those children whose lives are at risk even during the process of birth.”

“This bill rightfully failed — but I am, along with so many people, distraught that the bill was introduced in the first place,” Burbidge continued. “It could have paved the way for babies to suffer a violent and gruesome death moments before birth and could have been harmful to women.”

He urged Virginians to contact their elected officials and tell them to support the right to life for all human beings.

The bishop also extended an offer of support to struggling families and those who are hurting after abortions. He encouraged anyone in need of assistance to contact the diocese at